Air strikes carried out by Syrian regime ally Russia on Sunday forced the closure of two hospitals and also damaged a third one in jihadist-controlled Idlib province, according to a UK-based war monitor.
The strikes came as eight civilians were killed in bombardment by the regime and Russia across the northwestern province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Idlib and other adjacent territories of Syria held by jihadists have faced intensifying bombardment in the past month.
On Sunday, air strikes hit a hospital in Kafranbel and another located underground on the outskirts of Hass.
The Observatory blamed the raids on Russia.
An AFP cameraman filmed the two facilities hit by strikes.
“The hospital in Kafranbel is out of order. The patients were transferred to other facilities in the region,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that one civilian was killed.
In Hass, air strikes blamed on Russia halted services at an underground hospital, said Syria Relief and Development, a non-governmental organization that runs the facility.
“The hospital… is out of order because of the raids,” said Ubaida Dandush, who works for the NGO.
The facility had been evacuated shortly before the bombardments, he said, thanks to alerts from a warning system set up to analyze the flight paths of warplanes.
Footage filmed by the AFP cameraman showed a white cloud rising over farmland where the hospital is located.
The Observatory said the facility had been put “out of service” because of “bombing by Russian aircraft.”
It said a third hospital in the north of Hama province had also been hit by Russian strikes but added that it had not been able to verify the extent of the damage.
The war monitor says it determines whose planes carried out strikes according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions.
– with reporting by AFP